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Research Joint Ventures

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  • Yannis Caloghirou
  • Stavros Ioannides
  • Nicholas S. Vonortas

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. Inter‐firm collaboration is not new. What is new is that such collaboration has exploded during the past couple of decades, in parallel to the intensification of international competition. Moreover, the nature of collaboration has changed, shifting from peripheral interests to the very core functions of the corporation, and from equity to non‐equity forms of collaboration. Importantly, cooperation focusing on the generation, exchange, and/or adaptation of new technologies has risen at very fast rates. Research joint ventures, the focus of this paper, belong in the latter category. The proliferation of RJVs has created extensive interest among economists, business analysts, and policy decision‐makers and led to the profusion of literature on the topic. This paper critically reviews the literature in industrial economics and strategic management that deals with RJV partner motives and RJV outcomes. The paper categorizes the different streams of this literature and indicates the state‐of‐the‐art, synthesizes important understandings, and suggests key nodes of a future research agenda.

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  • Yannis Caloghirou & Stavros Ioannides & Nicholas S. Vonortas, 2003. "Research Joint Ventures," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(4), pages 541-570, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jecsur:v:17:y:2003:i:4:p:541-570
    DOI: 10.1111/1467-6419.00204
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